Global Peace Exchange
Global Peace Exchange; Office 252
636 W Call Street
The Global Peace Exchange (GPE) is an iniatitive to coordinate and expand the service based exchange opportunities for students throughout the world. Operating under the auspices of The Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue at Florida State University and the United Nation's Alliance of Civilizations, the GPE functions to foster the construction of a new civilization founded on mutual cooperation and understanding to support development and peace in the world.
Building upon a network of linked universities, students travel and work on projects with partner universities , NGOs, government agencies, etc. in the various regions of the world, GPE is a network integrating higher education and international development. Similar to the U.S. Peace Corps, GPE would employ relationships with organizations to offer student service opportunities relative to their area of study or expertise. The hope is that students return to their country with a shared understanding of the common human struggle to survive, a moral and ethical education about the issues affecting a particular area or culture and the hope to aid in the building of a new “civilization” of humanity. The best way to achieve these goals among the youth of today lies in service, as actions will always speak louder than words.
The current flagship of GPE, the FSU Chapter, organizes humanitarian trips to developing countries. the trips consist of volunteering in various projects. They might include building an orphanage, working in clinics, giving attention to HIV/AIDS victims, teaching English or giving someone hope.
We will also be advocating for change through volunteer engagement in the local community, academic forums, round table discussions, and first aid/disaster relief training.
We are currently working on developing a humanitarian project in Rwanda for this coming summer. We will be building a technical school for orphans as well as a volunteer center for future GPE volunteers.